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website (Oxford English Dictionary, 2013a. Besides its official introduction into the English language, the selfie became a prominent symbol of modern society through its diffusion into popular culture, with the many famous figures and celebrities who have posted selfies on their Twitter and Instagram accounts for the entire world to see. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a selfieis a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website (Oxford English Dictionary, 2013a. Selfies are private portraits and avatars of ourselves that are made instantly public to the entire world through social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. The 2014 summer hit song, “#Selfie,” by New York City-based dance DJ duo The Chainsmokers, has become more than a track on a nightclub playlist—it has become a musical ode to a cultural phenomenon and an official anthem for the generation that invented the word (Lancaster, 2014. The song is sung by a party girl as she chronicles her escapades on her night out with her friends. From wondering why the DJ keeps playing “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey to analyzing the woman that she saw hanging around her boyfriend Jason, the party girl repeatedly references taking a selfie as her night progresses. Furthermore, the song also mentions the roller coaster of emotions and stress that are the phases before and after a selfie is posted, including the very crucial decision of which filter on Instagram to utilize in order to look a certain way (I don't know if I should go with XX Pro or Valencia/I wanna look tannedto the
2 equally important caption for the selfie (What should my caption be?/I want it to be clever) to the instant self-esteem check (I only got 10 likes in the last 5 minutes/Do you think I should take it down?) (MetroLyrics.com, 2014). The duo, composed of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, claimed that the summer jam, which climbed up the Billboard, iTunes, and Spotify charts upon its release and whose music video has raked in tens of millions of views on YouTube, did not have a hidden didactic message about the consequences that selfies have on society. Rather, “#Selfie” was a satire that was meant to be taken at face value and was meant to be both funny and entertaining (Lancaster, 2014). Taggart and Pall, in the midst of their popularity in creating the official anthem of the selfie generation, even made fun of the subject of their fame by categorizing the six types of selfies that every girl takes in an article, including the “No Makeup selfie” and the “I'm out YOLOing selfie” (Wenerd, 2014). Celebrities such as reality television star Kim Kardashian West—the queen of selfies—and “the selfie king” James Franco have garnered attention in the media for both the frequency and the revealing nature of their selfies (Woodward, 2014a; Saltz, 2014). Last year, Kardashian took a selfie of her whole figure—including her famous backside while wearing a white